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Cash flow - or dribble? Small firms fight money drain


The following is from the September 23, 2009, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Professor Jerry White, director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship in SMU's Cox School of Business, provided expertise for this story.

The Dallas Morning News

Many small businesses are facing a cash-flow crunch as customers drag their feet to pay their bills – taking as long as 120 days in some cases.

The cost can be high, leading to layoffs, financing limits and even bankruptcy.

"You can find yourself pretty strapped," said Jerry White, director of Southern Methodist University's Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship. "I see quite a few people who are right on the edge."

Nationally, 60 percent of entrepreneurs say they are dealing with cash flow issues vs. 55 percent a year ago, according to a recent American Express OPEN survey of 763 small businesses.

Cash flow – the money coming in minus expenditures – can be more important than profitability as an indicator of financial health.

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